If you feel you are not computer savvy, then choosing to transfer your files to another host may be complicated. On top of the technical problems that you may encounter, you may also find out that your current host doesn’t want to let you go as a customer. To prevent from getting too annoyed, the information in this article can help you make the transition stress-free.
It would be wise before you choose to transfer files to a new web host to do your proper research. One thing to make sure your new host includes enough space / bandwidth, 24/7 technical support, you can easily upgrade, and most importantly backups all of your files automatically.
The next thing to do is download all your website files onto your computer. The easiest way do to this is by using your current web host’s FTP to transfer all of your files from you server to a folder on your computer. If your web site contains a database like WordPress, then make sure to copy it and also download it to your computer before canceling your account.
After downloading all your sites files to your computer, it is now time to change the nameservers. Log into your domain registrar’s dashboard and locate the DNS settings. Now you should find your old nameservers listed here, so simply replace them with the new namesers provided by your new host. It should take 24-48 hours before your site is live.
Uploading your files to the new web host is your next step after changing the nameservers. With the help of an FTP program simply locate the files you downloaded and copy them to the root folder of your new server. Type your domain name in any browser to check if the transfer was successful.
Your final step is to cancel your old host after transferring your files to your new host. It is important before you cancel your account that you have made sure you have copied every file necessary or you will or you lose them forever.